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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships give you the chance to learn real skills in the workplace, earn a nationally-recognised qualification and be paid a wage which rises as you progress through training.

You’ll enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-job study.

The term apprenticeship can refer to an apprenticeship or a traineeship. So what’s the difference?

  • You can complete an apprenticeship in 3 to 4 years in areas including the trades, cooking, horticulture and loads more.
  • When you complete an apprenticeship, you become qualified to undertake the occupation at a professional level.
  • There are some traineeships you can complete in 1 to 2 years while others may be for 3 to 4 years. You can do traineeships in business, community health, child care, financial services and many other areas. When you complete a traineeship, you get a nationally recognised qualification.
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A qualification that can take you places

Apprenticeships and traineeships open the door to hundreds of careers. Our fastest growing industries have a high demand for skilled workers, and they’re looking for people like you now.

If you’re good at hands-on learning and you want to develop practical and technical skills on the job - and get paid while you get qualified - an apprenticeship is for you.

As an apprentice, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain either a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) or Higher Education qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships are generally entry-level roles, allowing you to get your foot in the door and learn from experienced mentors as you develop your skills on the job.

What do I need to know?

If you're keen to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship to grow your career, here's a few things you should know to get started.